Texarkana, Ark. man accused of child sex abuse

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A Texarkana, Ark., man is facing three felony charges in connection with the alleged sexual abuse of two female relatives.

William Jesse Boswell, 56, was arrested in April for allegedly abusing a teen relative while she was spending the night at his Texarkana, Ark., apartment in March, according to a probable cause affidavit. The alleged victim told an interviewer at the Children’s Advocacy Center in Texarkana that Boswell climbed into the bed where she was sleeping in a guest room, made her kiss him and touched her inappropriately.

Boswell has been charged with second-degree sexual assault in that case. If found guilty, he faces five to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $15,000. Boswell posted a $25,000 bond in April.

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After the teen came forward, an adult female relative of Boswell’s disclosed that Boswell “started messing with her” when she was around 7 years old and Boswell was living in Horatio, Ark., and later Dierks, Ark. The adult relative told investigators Boswell continued to molest her after Boswell moved to Miller County when the woman was an 11-year-old.

Boswell is charged with rape and sexual indeceny with a child in that case. Sexual indecency is punishable by up to six years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. Boswell faces 10 to 40 years or life in prison if convicted of rape.

Boswell was arrested a second time in May and posted a second $25,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court in Miller County later this month.

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